In Washington State
After Roe, abortion is still legal in most circumstances. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state. Then, keep reading to find out more about your state’s post-Roe abortion laws.Connect with Family Policy Institute of Washington
THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws are in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
Yes: It is a prosecutorial defense to a violation of post-viability ban if the physician believed the life or health of the mother was at risk. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.02.130.
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
A violation of post-viability ban is a class C felony. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.02.120.
A violation of physician-only requirement is a class C felony. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.02.120.
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Yes: No person or medical facility can be forced to participate in an abortion. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.02.150.
Babies Born Alive
Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Yes: Only a licensed physician may perform abortions in Washington. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.02.110.
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?